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Tourism provides a wide range of jobs and opportunities, from community-based projects in developing countries to managing a business.

Career opportunities include management of tourist attractions, work in cultural heritage, running your own business, destination marketing and international tourism consultancy.

Tourism courses

You will have the opportunity to develop the skills required to manage, market and start up a business within the tourism industry and to develop careers within a range of tourist organisations and businesses.

Courses are offered at foundation degree, undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Our courses in travel and tourism offers you an unique opportunity to develop specialist marketing or entrepreneurship skills.

International Tourism Management BA(Hons) enjoys an international reputation and attracts students from over 25 countries.

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Meet our staff

Course leader for International Tourism Management, Graham Shephard talks about the course, the school and the benefits of studying for a undergraduate degree in Tourism at the University of Brighton.

Professional and industry links

  • We are one of only 25 institutions worldwide to be linked to the World Tourism Organisation.
  • Students studying Travel and Tourism marketing can gain accreditation from CIM.
  • We are members of the European Association of Tourism and Leisure Education (ATLAS) and International Association of Scientific Experts in Tourism (AIEST).

We have forged strong links with industry through its placement programme and its research and consultancy.

Industry representatives advise on the content and development of our courses and contribute to teaching as guest lecturers.

Academic staff at the school have substantial industry experience and contacts.


On the undergraduate degree you will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience by taking a 48-week work placement between years two and three.

The completion of a placement-based final year project replaces the dissertation.

The placement will give you the opportunity to apply practical skills, gain hands-on experience and make industry contacts.

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Graduate outcomes

We are proud of our excellent track record of graduate success in the tourism industry. Our students are employed by companies including:

Head of Sales, Scandinavia at Specialist Holidays Group - TUI Travel
Risk Consultant, KPMG
Researcher, Mott MacDonald
Marketing Manager, Barclays Bank
Sales Manager, London Heathrow Marriott Hotel
Business Development Manager, Vivid Events Group
Market Analyst, IPSOS Australia
Account Manager, Business Travel Chicago US
Research Assistant, KORN/FERRY International Zurich
Travel Trade Consultant, London
Group General Manager, Pearl Hotels, UK
Marketing and Commercial Executive, The Tourism Society
Business Development and Strategic Planning Manager, American Express
Service Manager, Blue1 (SAS) airline
Business Travel Consultant, Air Partner plc
Instructional Designer, Expedia
Duty Manager, Hilton Seychelles Resort and Spa
Sales and Marketing Coordinator, ME London hotel
Hotel Account Executive, Statesman Travel Group
Portfolio Manager and Captain, Domaine Deluxe
Ecommerce Manager, Althoff Hotel and Gourmet Collection
Account Manager, Corporate Traveler
Sales and Operations Manager, Jet Set Sports
Research Associate and Lecturer, Institute for Tourism and Leisure Research
Guest Experience and Quality Manager, Sofitel So Bangkok Hotel
Project Coordinator, Scandi Travel Group

A significant number of graduates have gone on to start up their own businesses in the tourism industry.


The Centre for Tourism Policy Studies (CENTOPS) hosts an annual international conference, which is now in its sixth year, and has a visiting researcher programme.

Funding is received from a wide range of sources including the UN World Tourism Organisation and the British Council.

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“My course gave me the opportunity to take an optional placement in my third year of university; a personal highlight. It assisted me in gaining skills which I applied to my university knowledge, and this in turn will help develop my future career prospects and job applications.”

Lizzie Rumens, International Tourism Management BA(Hons)

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